Montessu comes from Sulcis Iglesiente, a region within southwest Sardinia whose brown earth has sandy soil that is a mixture of clay and limestone. This combines with warm, well-exposed terrain to form ideal conditions to produce great red wines. The blend’s predominant grape is Carignano, a local variety which gives Montessu soft, elegant tannins and high pH. Exceptional vine growing conditions are also ideal for the International varieties Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Low base production per hectare (about 6,000 liters/ha) and the climate conditions favor optimal phenolic maturation. The final blend for Montessu is a mix of grapes balanced for the best results in the specific conditions of each harvest.

Harvest Note
The 2019 winter season was a dry one, but by May some rain had made its way down, refreshing the environment and soil. There was fairly good weather conditions during harvest time. Grapes reached a good maturation under normal conditions and the harvesting proceeded regularly. Although September had some rainfall causing harvesting to halt for some time, it was resumed with no issues and brought in good grapes with interesting acidity and good phenolic compound.
Tasting Note
The wine has notes of cherry, raspberry and ripe fruit, myrtle and juniper. In mouth, the wine has full-bodied black fruit flavors, with soft, saline notes, with elegant traces of rosemary and black pepper, enhancing a long, silky finish.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 60% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Syrah
APPELLATION: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
PH: 3.74
ACIDITY: 4.95 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: Matured in French oak barrels for 12 months
Unique Selling Points
  • A modern blend made primarily from the Carignano grape

About the Grape

Carignan has an alluring blend of violet, spice, wild herb, red and black currant, and forest floor characters. Its assertive acidity and rustic gamey characters are great blending elements.
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